Where are Browning firearms manufactured?
Browning firearms have been traditionally made in locations world-wide. John M. Browning's first rifle, the Single Shot, was made in Ogden, Utah. The next guns carrying the Browning name were manufactured in Belgium. This continued for many decades. This was the result of John M. Browning's lasting relationship with Fabrique Nationale, in Herstal, Belgium.
Most Browning guns were made in Belgium by F.N. until the mid '70s when some production was shifted to Miroku in Japan. Today's Browning firearms are made in either Belgium, Portugal, Japan or in the United States.
With some exceptions this is the breakout:
Browning Firearms Manufacturers
The Superposed is still manufactured at the Browning Custom Shop in Liège, Belgium. Guns at this facility are not really manufactured -- they are meticulously crafted. And much -- a huge amount -- of the work is hand work. To learn more about guns made at this special little custom gun factory go to our Browning Custom Gun Shop page right here on Browning.com. Owning one of these guns, like a custom Superposed, is not a purchase. It is an event of a lifetime. These are exclusive guns that you and your family will consider treasures for generations. Other guns produced in this facility are current production of other models that are custom fitted, tuned and highly embellished.
Made in Belgium, Made in Belgium (assembled in Portugal) or Made in Portugal
Several current Browning firearms are made in Belgium with assembly work done in Portugal. As parts production has shifted from plant to plant over the years some guns feature the barrel roll stating Made In Portugal. All these firearms would have parts and components sourced from other sister facilities, but with the bulk of work done in Portugal. The Belgium facilities have been part of the Browning tradition for over 100 years. The Viana, Portugal plant has been a primary Browning facility for over 30 years.
Falling in these broad categories for place of manufacturing are the Silver shotgun, Maxus shotgun (barrel roll shows made in Portugal), Hi-Power Pistol, FN Pistols, BAR Mark II Safari Rifle, BAR Shorttrac and Longtrac rifles and Gold 12 and 20 ga. shotguns.
The BDA 380 Autoloading pistol.
Citori, Cynergy, BLR Lightweight, BLR Lightweight '81, A-Bolt II, X-Bolt, BT-99, BL-22 Rifle, Auto-22 Rifle, T-Bolt, BPS (all), and Gold 10 ga. (production for these firearms have been at the Miroku factory in Japan starting with the BT-99 in the late 1960s. In 1970 the over and under Citori (made by Miroku) would gradually replace John M. Browning’s Superposed model as the the key product in the Browning line. In about 1973 the Browning Pump Shotgun (BPS) began production at the Miroku factory, and in 1976 the legendary Auto-5 shotgun would move from Belgium factories to Miroku, in Japan. The others followed as they were introduced.
Buck Mark 22 Pistols, Buck Mark 22 rifles and 1911-22. The facility for these firearms in just south of here in Salt Lake City.
Other United States Facilities.
In addition, Browning has extensive facilities in Morgan, Utah and in Arnold, Missouri. The Morgan, Utah address has been a tradition of Browning for well over half a century. Starting with the original "Route 1 Morgan Utah," and now listed as "One Browning Place, Morgan, Utah." "One Browning Place" is actually the road leading to our sprawling facility. Our offices here handle all the business functions of the company and are the home to our primary research and development division (R&D). Our Morgan offices are just about 15 minutes up a canyon from Ogden, Utah where John M. Browning was born and where he designed all his revolutionary rifles, shotguns and pistols. If you own a Browning, it was most likely designed by John M. Browning or right here in Morgan -- and shot and tested just a few yards from where this information was written. (We can hear the test firing all day from all our offices -- music to the ears!). Customer Service, Advertising, Website functions, accounting, sales, etc., are all performed in our rural setting not far from the town of Morgan.
We also have sister R&D departments at each factory and at the world famous Fabrique Nationale factory in Liege, Belgium. This brings to bear a combined expertise for design and quality manufacturing that is unequaled in the world.
Our Arnold, Missouri facility is our primary warehouse and distribution center. If you own a Browning it was handled by one of the men and women who prepare and ship Browning firearms and other products all across the U.S. and to Canada. Arnold, Missouri is also where our Service Center resides. If you have ever sent in a Browning firearm to us for service or restoration, one of our expert gunsmiths or technicians working in Arnold did the job.
The Tradition of World-Wide Production.
The tradition of making/manufacturing Browning sporting firearms overseas was started with John M. Browning's Auto-5 semi-automatic shotgun design being produced by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium at the turn of the last Century. Production on many of the models made in Belgium shifted to Miroku in Japan in the mid-70's due to significant cost increases in Belgium production. As is common in this day, some components are sourced from the most appropriate locations. For example, much of the walnut used on guns made in the Miroku factory is sourced from walnut tree groves in California.
We at Browning consider ourselves a worldwide company. It is a tradition started by John Moses Browning himself. We are proud of this tradition of producing the world's best firearms at the world's best factories -- wherever they be.